A little while ago, the Süddeutsche ran a special on high end book printing. I’ve been pushing for more multimedia content in our digital edition for a while, so when they asked me to go and do a story on Annette Vogel, a graphic designer-turned-book artist, I used the opportunity to shoot video as well. I was on location for four hours and edited for another five or so. I think this is a perfect example of how you can take a small assignment and really enrich it with just a little extra work.
November 2, 2013
Last Saturday, I had to shoot one of the numerous costume parties that happen in Munich during the carnival season. It was co-hosted by a Turkish gallery owner and the vocalist of the German-Japanese ethno-blues band SaSeBo and themed – surprise, surprise – Japanese-Turkish. It was a visual treat and I had lots of fun shooting it. The icing on the cake was the band, though; their music was amazing, and I can’t wait to hear them play again. Following are three of my favorite frames:
From left, Klaus Köstler, his wife Angelika Köstler and Alexandra Hack chat at the Japanese-Turkish costume party at gallery Kullukcu in Munich, Saturday, February 9, 2013.
Party visitor Thomas Sachs, left, and the guitar player of SaSeBo, Yutaka Minegishi, cast shadows onto a projection of Japanese movie clips.
From left, Klaus Köstler, his wife Angela Köstler, a man who introduced himself as Ali Escigeoglu, and Alexandra Hack pose for a friend's camera.
February 11, 2013
Just a short post today with a photo I shot of the Munich underground for a story about public transport a while back:
An underground train stops at the station "Münchner Freiheit" in Munich, Friday, January 4, 2012.
January 23, 2013
The Germans take carnival really, really serious. Starting on November 11 at 11:11 am, the so-called “Narrenzeit” (jester season) lasts almost three months, altough the main events are all concentrated in the four weeks preceding Fat Tuesday. Dating back to the 15th century, it’s original function was to drive out the winter and bring joy and happiness back into the dark, dreadful days of the cold time. The idea behind it hasn’t changed much over the centuries. To this day, people get away with stuff during the fifth season that might otherwise get them into serious trouble, like cutting their boss’s tie off.
All over the country, carnival societies have formed that maintain and promote the traditions. One of these societies is the “Narrhalla” in Munich, which was founded in 1893. The name is an amalgamation of the words “Narr” (jester) and “Walhalla,” the Bavarian Hall of Fame. Originally established to promote a carnival procession in Munich, Narrhalla has established itself as the definitive carnival institution in the Bavarian capital. They officially open the jester season with the enthronement ceremony of their carnival prince and princess, which takes place at 11:11 am exactly one month before Fat Tuesday at Munich’s prestigious central square, the Marienplatz. The event marks the beginning of four weeks of glamorous balls, hilarious parties and pranks, pranks, pranks.
Together with my colleague Tom Soyer (no joke, that’s his real name – he calls me Jacklberry Finn), I got to look behind the scenes last Saturday as this year’s “Royal Couple” prepared for their coronation ceremony. We met them at 8:00 am in their suite at the prestigious hotel “Bayerischer Hof,” where Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid I. of the Upper Bavarian Chamber of Crafts was just getting her make-up done. Unfortunately, I couldn’t shoot the actual enthronement because I had to head out for another assignment afterward, but there are tons of pictures of that online all over the place. This look behind the scenes however is pretty unique, so I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Hair and make-up artist Dilek Sahin puts the finishing touches on the make-up of Narrhalla Princess Astrid I. (Astrid Dengler) in her suite at the hotel Bayrischer Hof before the enthronement ceremony at Marienplatz in Munich, Saturday, January 12, 2013. This assignment was also a great exercise for off-camera flash use because I had to deal with three mirrors framed around the subject that reflected large parts of the room. The spot-like light on the princess and the make-up artist that casts this amazing shadow however was unintended and remains unexplicable to me as the strobe was directed against the ceiling. Another wonderful example for the flukes of luck that sometimes happen to us photographers...
Dilek Sahin fixes Astrid Dengler's hair before the enthronement ceremony.
Astrid Dengler holds a 100-year-old tiara in her hand that was lent to her for her tenure as Carnival Princess by the gold smiths' guild of Upper Bavaria.
The 2013 Narrhalla Princess puts on her tiara for the enthronement ceremony.
Prince Manuel I. (Manuel di Nardo) and Princess Astrid I. (Astrid Dengler) walk from their suite at hotel Bayerischer Hof to be taken to Marienplatz for the enthronement ceremony.
The previous year's prince and "royal" driver Niklas Schreier takes Narrhalla Prince Manuel I. (Manuel di Nardo) and Princess Astrid I. (Astrid Dengler) to Marienplatz for the enthronement ceremony.
January 14, 2013